Server Side Includes (SSI) is a list of directives that will allow you to incorporate the content of a text file inside an HTML file. By doing this, you'll be able to add some content to a few different webpages in your site and change it by just modifying an individual text file. You can also add the output of different scripts so the present time and date, the IP address of the visitor or the attributes of some file show on your website. This will allow you to add some dynamic content to static pages, making the site more desirable to your website visitors and giving it a more professional appearance. It will also be much easier to update this content in comparison to editing every static page one by one. If you would like to use Server Side Includes in your website, the web pages that include the content of any kind of file need to be with extension .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

Since our custom cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to work with this function with any of the cloud web hosting packages that we offer you and add in dynamic content to your sites with a few clicks. SSI is activated for each individual domain or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the website folder with a couple of lines of code. Of course, there is no need to turn into a developer for that because the needed code can be copied from the Help post that we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you want to employ this function for your website, you must rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the modified names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be enabled without any problem with every single semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the whole process is going to take you less than a minute and only a few clicks. You can enable SSI by creating an empty .htaccess file in a domain name or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP app of your preference, then adding a couple of lines of code, that you will be able to get out of the SSI article inside our extensive Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining after that is to double-check if all of the pages that will use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and to alter backlinks to different pages on your site, in order to represent the changes in the file extensions.